The castle was built when Kira Yoshitsugu became the lord of Tôjô land in 13th century. In 1222, Ashikaga Yoshiuji became the Shugo Daimyo of Mikawa, and he gave his son Yoshitsugu the land of Tôjô. Until the fall of Ashikaga clan in Sengoku period, Tojo was important for the government of Mikawa.
The 12th lord, Kira Mochihiro, married the sister of Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, the grandfather of Tokugawa Ieyasu. When Kiyoyasu was killed, he saved his son (Senchiyo, the father of Ieyasu) and raised him until he became adult. After the battle of Okehazama, Ieyasu made alliance with Nobunaga and defeated Tôjô Castle. However, when Ieyasu unified Japan, he found a descendant of Kira Mochihiro and hired him as Hatamoto.
Tôjô castle was governed by the Matsudaira clan, after Ieyasu defeated this castle, and kept until 1607. Then, it was destroyed.
After visiting Nishio-jo i went to this castle. It is 2 stations away from Nishio station on the Meitetsu Nishio line. Get out at Kamiyokosuka Station. Go directly right and the next road to the right to go over the railroad tracks. Just after take left and follow always road 42 untill you reach road 318. There take right and normally you'll see the watchtower of the castle afar.
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|English Name||Tojo Castle|
|Year Founded||13th century|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Kamiyokosuka Sta. (Meitetsu Nisho Line), 2.3 km walk|
|Visitor Information||Free entrance. I didn't saw any closing hours.|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Location||Nishio, Aichi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 50' 6", 137° 5' 26"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2014|